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The world’s abuzz with CNY - what is it about?
Chinese New Year (CNY), Spring Festival or Lunar New Year marks not only the most important festival in China and within Chinese communities around the world, it is also the world’s largest annual migration, as many people head ‘home’ to be with their parents and close family on New Year’s Eve for a feast.
Yet, celebrations that usher in the year of the earth pig have already started, with January 28 marking ‘Xiao Nian’, or ‘Little New Year’.
According to Chinese tradition, among the qualities of the pig are gentleness, generosity, joy to live, honesty, peace and a good dose of humour.
February 5 marks the first day when the new moon appears and thus the pig year kicks off and the family reunion dinner is held - you bet with plates full of dumplings with various fillings.
If you are adventurous, try this amazing Vegan Jiaozi (Dumpling) recipe by frites&fries!
Red decorations are everywhere to be seen, and it is considered lucky to wear something red, preferably new over the holidays to invite prosperity for the rest of the year.
The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year holidays after two weeks of celebrations - it's an evening full of prayer and wishes shared with the world.
Stay tuned on our Weekly Good Vibes blog to learn more about astrology and moon cycles in future postings!
Happy New Year all around, and Gong Xi Fa Cai!